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Heaven on earth; a treatise on Christian assurance.

Author: Thomas Brooks
Publisher: London, Banner of Truth Trust [1961]
Series: Puritan paperbacks.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Brooks
ISBN: 0851513565 9780851513560
OCLC Number: 903909
Description: 319 pages, 19 cm.
Contents: I. Proofs that believers may in this life attain unto a well-grounded assurance of their everlasting happiness and blessed ness --
The basis of assurance --
The purpose of scripture is to help believers to obtain assurance --
Many believers have obtained assurance --
God has promised assurance to his people --
The springs of assurance are in the saints --
The Spirit of God exhorts to assurance --
Means to be used to obtain assurance --
The Lord's supper as related to assurance --
The relation of assurance to rejoicing in the Lord --
The clarity of scripture on the differences between the righteous and the wicked --
Assurance is not for Arminians II. Weighty propositions concerning assurance --
1. Seven reasons why God denies assurance for a time to some believers --
2. Words used in Scripture to express assurance --
3. True believers are saved even though they lack assurance --
4. Six reasons why some do not attain assurance --
5. Assurance may be possessed and afterwards lost --
6. Assurance is a personal matter --
7. Nine special seasons when assurance is enjoyed --
At conversion --
Before engaging in hard or dangerous service --
During times of waiting --
During times of suffering --
During "hearing and receiving" times --
During times of personal afflictions --
During seasons of prayer --
Before conflicts with Satan --
After conflicts with Satan III. Hindrances and impediments that keep poor souls from assurance; with the means and helps to remove those impediments and hindrances --
The despairing of obtaining mercy --
The disputing about things too high for our thoughts --
The lack of self-examination --
The entertaining of mistaken views about God's work of grace --
The grieving of the Holy Spirit by the believer --
The judging of spiritual matters by mere feelings --
The indulging of laziness and carelessness --
The neglect of duties --
The love of the world --
The cherishing of secret sins IV. Motives to provoke Christians to be restless till they have obtained well-grounded assurance of their eternal happiness and blessedness --
Eleven motives why Christians should earnestly seek after a well-grounded assurance --
1. Many have been lost who thought they were saved --
The world is full of deceivers --
Assurance delivers from the burden of cares, fears and doubts --
Satan labours to keep Christians from assurance --
A well-grounded assurance is of great value to a believer --
Worldlings labour hard to secure the things of this life; saints should show equal ardour for better things --
Assurance renders burdens light --
God urges Christians to get assurance --
Christians are seriously injured by the lack of assurance --
Ten advantages which accompany assurance --
A well-grounded assurance will keep a Christian from being deceived by counterfeits V. Ways and means of gaining a well-grounded assurance --
Be active in exercising grace --
Assurance is obtained by obedience --
Follow diligently the instructions of the Holy Spirit --
Be diligent in attendance upon ordinances --
Pay particular attention to the scope of God's promises of mercy --
Six matters in which Christ's true followers are distinguished from all others --
Seek to grow in grace --
Seek assurance when the soul is in its best frames --
Ascertain whether you have the things that accompany salvation; notably knowledge, faith repentance, obedience, love, prayer, perseverance, and hope --
The things that accompany salvation: knowledge --
Knowledge has attendant graces --
The things that accompany salvation: faith --
The things that accompany salvation: repentance --
the things that accompany salvation: obedience --
The things that accompany salvation: love --
The things that accompany salvation: prayer --
The requisites of prayer as a form of divine worship --
Prayer betters the whole man --
Eight differences between the prayers of the godly and those of the ungodly --
The things that accompany salvation: perseverance --
The things that accompany salvation: hope VI. The differences between a true and a counterfeit assurance, between sound assurance and presumption --
A well-grounded assurance bears these following marks: It is attended by a deep admiration of God's love and favour in Christ --
It causes the soul ever to seek a fuller enjoyment of God and Christ --
It is usually strongly assaulted by Satan --
It makes a believer bold --
It makes a believer seek the happiness of other men --
It strengthens a believer against all sin --
It is attained by love, humility, and joy --
It springs from the witness of the Holy Spirit --
The characteristics of the Holy Spirit's witness --
It is inward and secret --
It is gained in holy ways --
It is clear, full, and satisfying --
It is not operative in all believers --
It is a sure testimony --
It is always accompanied by the testimony of our own spirit --
It is always according to Scripture --
It is holy --
It is only bestowed on renewed hearts VII. Answers to several special questions about assurance --
Nine methods whereby assurance may be strengthened and maintained --
Six methods whereby souls which have lost assurance may be kept from fainting --
Five methods whereby souls which have lost assurance may recover it.
Series Title: Puritan paperbacks.

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